Tag Archives: Dickson

Plan for site next to Assembly scaled back

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Development site

The ACT Government has once again scaled back its plan for office space adjacent to the Legislative Assembly in Civic despite having last year shortlisted six firms to complete construction of a more extensive development by late 2018.
The six players involved will now be invited to submit proposals for a commercial version of the development [...]

Plaza would revitalise Civic’s iconic Sydney and Melbourne Buildings: Barr

An artist's impression of the revitalised Sydney and Melbourne buildings precinct.

A proposed plaza between the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings in Civic would help Canberrans reclaim the iconic art deco landmarks and revitalise the precinct, according to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
Mr Barr has today invited Canberrans to have a say on a Government strategy to create a series of “urban villages” at key points on [...]

Dickson neighbour’s 000 call saves pair from food fire

By 30 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Karuah Street, Dickson

A Dickson resident may have saved the lives of two sleeping neighbours after ACT Fire & Rescue responded to their call to triple zero this afternoon.
Firefighters forcibly entered a unit in Karuah Street, Dickson shortly after the neighbour called Emergency Triple Zero (000) at 1.08pm.
Fire crews discovered food alight on the stove and quickly extinguished [...]

Cheap Eats – My Rainbow Dreams, Dickson


Continuing with the non-Civic Cheap Eats theme this week, I made a beeline for Dickson where I had lunch at My Rainbow Dreams.
My Rainbow Dreams is a vegetarian café, but don’t be put off if you’re a self-confessed meat lover – there is something for everyone here.
The menu has a really good range of food, [...]

Dickson Intersection “upgrade”: yet another useless red turn arrow for Canberra

By 7 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

(First off, I am aware that there have been ACT red arrow rants posted here before, but the most recent post was several years ago.)
Hi RiotACT,
As many of you Northsiders are probably already aware, after months of roadworks, the ACT Government has finally finished the signalization of the intersection of Antill St. and Badham St. [...]

Ransom sparks AFP hotel operation

By 30 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

The Australian Federal Police Canine Team is engaged in two operations in Canberra hotels this afternoon in response to ransom requests.
The Twitter account for ACT Policing reported that operations were underway at the Pavilion and Novotel hotels at around 2.30pm and added an hour later that police were responding to reports of “unsubstantiated ransom requests [...]

Have you seen these antique books?

By 28 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
antique books

On Wednesday 5 August, ACT Policing commenced an investigation into a burglary in Dickson. Amongst stolen items of property, there were three antique books which were located in a safe.The books are very distinctive atlases and they are potentially the last in circulation. The offender may be oblivious to their worth and they may have [...]

A look around Canberra – Dickson

dickson suburb sign

The suburb of Dickson in Canberra’s north was named after Sir James Dickson, one of the founders of the constitution and premier of Queensland in the late 1800s.

Dickson gets the tagline ‘Canberra’s Chinatown’ a fair bit, due to the large number of Asian restaurants and grocery stores on Woolley Street. There’s Dickson Dumpling House, The [...]

Canberra tales: Planners bend their own rules


Canberra is a city where residents are continually at odds with planning and development agencies. It is also accepted that planning bureaucrats are skilled at bending the rules to suit themselves and other players.
It seems that it has always been so. The very building they occupy today in Dickson is a testament to their aptitude to [...]

Why the ACT is stuck in a supermarket time warp


A few years ago the ACT Government had a bright idea to confront the problem of the power of the supermarket giants. It introduced a policy to encourage more competition to the usual two or three. It didn’t deliver.
While much was made of this policy when the government’s bureaucracy was developing their so-called master plan [...]

Review – Photography at ANCA in Dickson


The current exhibition at ANCA in Dickson presents two photographic artists whose works have direct links back to the 1970s American colour photography. The two artists in the ANCA exhibition are Cathy Laudenbach and Adam Mann.
The theme of this joint exhibition is ‘Longing’ — quoting the few words available online:
Working individually the artists explore the idea [...]

Serious collision at Dickson over weekend

police wrap

ACT Policing attended a serious collision between a pedestrian and a car at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Antill Street in Dickson on Saturday night (25 April).
About 10.50pm a car turned right from Mouat Street Lynham, then proceeded southbound along Northbourne Avenue when a pedestrian ran out on to the road from Antill Street.
The pedestrian [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Good Brother, Dickson


I constantly see Facebook friends checking in at Good Brother in Dickson, so recently when a reader requested a review of the cafe I jumped at the opportunity. Bright and early Saturday morning, before MORE furniture shopping, my partner and I made our way to Dickson.
Good Brother is nestled behind the Greek restaurant Plaka, probably [...]

Dickson shops a major disappointment

dickson shops

The proposal for the new Dickson supermarket site is the latest disappointment for residents in the way the ACT Government delivers on urban development within Canberra’s established suburbs.
In earlier discussions about Dickson, the consensus was that despite the centre having a special ambience, some visionary developments and upgrades were necessary to respond to the growing [...]

Canberra’s planning madness

By 4 February 2015

There was an announcement recently by the planning authority on the fate of the three blocks of flats along Northbourne Ave in Dickson. I used to walk past these buildings regularly and noted that some tenants had established quite attractive small gardens and had comfortable seating gathered together for social occasions.
Unfortunately the buildings are very [...]

Urban opportunities being squandered in Dickson

By 21 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Just days before Christmas last year, Dickson residents noticed that a development application with significant ramifications for the Dickson precinct was available online – with a month to comment. The development application involves 91 documents with no easy access to the most relevant information.
Most residents were on holidays and many are on the authority’s email list, [...]

Man bitten during Dickson assault

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault in Dickson on Friday 12 December.
At around 11:30pm, three males walked through the laneway leading from Trinity Bar towards Woolley Street in Dickson. At the end of the laneway an intoxicated man approached them and a fight ensued.
The fight resulted in one man attending The Canberra Hospital [...]

Witnesses sought after burglary at Daramalan College

By 10 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses after a burglary at Daramalan College in Dickson on the weekend.
About 8.50pm on Saturday (6 September) an unknown number of offenders gained entry into the College’s main entrance. A male offender then attempted to set fire to a number of items, including the carpet.
He was described as being between [...]

Counterfeit notes located in Dickson

By 31 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is warning Canberra businesses to be on the look out for counterfeit money following the discovery of imitation notes used in Dickson.
A total of three counterfeit $100 notes were used at three separate stores in Dickson. The notes were used to purchase goods on Friday, 29 August.
Acting Superintendent of South District Jo Cameron, [...]

Three hospitalised with suspected Death Cap mushroom poisoning


Three people are in Calvary Hospital with what is suspected to be Death Cap mushroom poisoning, according to an article in the Canberra Times. The three claim to have eaten mushrooms purchased at Woolworths Dickson just before Easter.
ACT Health isn’t giving much away, but has confirmed all three live in the same [...]

Dickson asbestos alert

By 24 January 2014

Worksafe ACT are warning they’re shutting down a chunk of Dickson with all the asbestos blowing around:
WorkSafe ACT has been made aware of possible exposure to asbestos at several businesses backing onto Woolley Street, Dickson, Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe said today.
“WorkSafe ACT has been advised by a local business that asbestos fibres [...]

Dickson restaurant fire

By 18 January 2014

A fire at a Dickson restaurant has been extinguished this afternoon.
ACT Fire and Rescue was alerted to the fire in a kitchen in a Woolley Street premise at 12.53pm.
Fire crews arrived to find the fire already extinguished by the occupants.
Firefighters are now conducting a search to ensure there are no signs of fire within the [...]

Scales on scales. Images of Canberra

By 18 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Poetix has sent in this striking storefront in Dickson:
Just in case you like meat that comes in its own handbag. Photo taken in Dickson.
I have no idea if this is cheap.
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The Dickson Maggot Frenzy

By 17 November 2013

We’re not entirely sure how legit it may be, but there’s a lot of internet buzz going on around claims of maggots in the chicken from the Dickson KFC.
Putting Dickson on the map!

Drugs and ammo outside the Dickson Tradies

By 13 November 2013

ACT Policing has arrested a 32-year-old male of no fixed abode after seizing drugs, drug paraphernalia, firearm ammunition and property suspected to be stolen during a search of his vehicle early this morning.
About 1.15am, police approached a parked vehicle in the Dickson Tradies car park. Police observed the male in the driver’s seat and [...]

Dickson’s corner of doom claims Barcode

By 12 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The site in Dickson off Wooley St, since the much lamented TurkOz closed, has been a graveyard of ill considered ventures.
The loser’s parade has been marked by terrible service, awful food, high prices, and confusing concepts.
The latest, a gay bagel bar cum karaoke joint (I kid you not), called Barcode has pulled up stumps according [...]

Barcode burgled

By 8 November 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the burglary of a Dickson bar on Challis Street between 11.45pm on Wednesday (November, 6) and 8.50am on Thursday (November, 7).
About 8.50am on Thursday a staff member arrived at Barcode and after unlocking the secured premises noticed that a number of large items of audio equipment were missing. Given [...]

NBN terminated

By 30 October 2013

Kate Lundy is drawing attention to the Liberals yanking the rug out from under the feet of those already signed up for NBN connection:
The Abbott Government has terminated the National Broadband Network’s fibre rollout in multiple Canberra suburbs, leaving local residents and businesses having to rely on last century’s copper for their broadband.
The rollouts [...]

Charnwood losers head to Dickson Maccas for phones and watches

By 30 September 2013

ACT Policing has charged one man and a second man will be summonsed in relation to an aggravated robbery at the McDonalds restaurant in Dickson on Saturday 21 September 2013.
About 10.30pm, two males were seated in the outdoor area of the McDonalds restaurant in Dickson. They observed a 20-year-old male from Charnwood proceed through the [...]

Cholo’s Peruvian Cuisine. Restaurant Review

By 30 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I’ve been eyeing up Cholo’s on Dickson’s Challis Street since the little Sichuan Restaurant gave up the ghost.
They’ve got some extravagant signage filling up their windows with an Andean vista and their website plays pan pipes.
There’s something lovely about the way their signage gives the impression “PERUVIAN CUISINE IS FINALLY HERE!!! WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN [...]

Mekong River. $10 lunch review

By 29 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mekong River has sat relatively inoffensively on Woolley Street in Dickson for some time now, having taken over from an equally innocuous Vietnamese.
But they’ve got new management, a new gun chef, and appear to be making more of an effort.
This is evidenced in part by posters in the window advertising a range of [...]

$750,000 to make public toilets amazing

By 27 August 2013

Construction begun today on a project that sadly isn’t called “Project Pleasant Pooping.”
Upgrades to public toilets at both Dickson and Kambah shops are underway, and the old toilets at Maryborough Street in Fyshwick are being completely demolished and replaced.
There are public toilets at Dickson shops? Maybe the upgrade is to make them visible.
“The sites for [...]

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